“WHERE ARE ALL THE BASKING SHARKS”? HOPEFULLY COMING SOON!

I've been asking this question myself and many people are asking me the question too. Well the short answer is that after the very cold winter the water (until the last day or so when it's gone up to 12 degrees C) has stayed a little cold for the zooplankton bloom to occur. We did get a report of one solitary basking shark in mid-May but I would 'normally' expect to see the first schools of basking sharks by now. Dr Kev Kennington of DEFA is our local plankton expert. He did a boat survey last week and found that the water off the East coat of the Isle of Man was a ...

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Florida Breaks more Records and Pops up off Straights of Gibraltar

1: He keeps his tag on for 779 days. 2: He keeps on popping up off Morocco. 3: He's utilising a huge stretch of coastline of at least 3000km length. 4: Drone footage of his school gets to be seen on the BBC! FLOWRIDER, a huge male basking shark is well over 8m long but as big sharks do he had also 'bulked up'. He was in a large group of at least 20 basking sharks that visited Manx waters for a single day on 7th August 2015. The Manx Basking Shark Watch research team tagged 3 of them. In January 2016 Flowrider became the first basking shark satellite tagged in ...

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FLOWRIDER: His second trip to Moroccan waters!

EXCITING NEWS! FLOWRIDER: THE FIRST SATELLITE-TAGGED BASKING SHARK TO REPEATEDLY MIGRATE FROM BRITISH TO MOROCCAN WATERS! This huge male basking shark was well over 8m long but as big sharks do he had also 'bulked up". He was in a large group of at least 20 basking sharks that visited Manx waters for a single day on 7th August 2015. The Manx Basking Shark Watch research team tagged 3 of them. In January 2016 Flowrider became the first basking shark satellite tagged in Manx waters to travel to waters off Morocco. That was exciting enough but the team could hardly contain ...

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BASKING SHARK TAGGED: 6M MALE. ‘FOUR WINNS”

FOLLOW 'FOUR WINNS' ON HIS TRAVELS: WILL HE GO TO MOROCCO OR CANADA OR BE A 'STAY AT HOME' SHARK? Would you like to follow our SPOT-tagged basking sharks? You can register to get email updates when the basking shark tags send us messages about where the basking sharks are. Register now at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?project_id=1208. Photos by Susie Mackenzie-Fidlin See more shark news on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ManxBaskingSharkWatch/

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BBC Story: Drone Footage of ‘Flowrider’s’ School!

The BBC have published the story about the amazing video of a school of basking sharks taken from a drone by James McCarthy. He filmed the school of about 12 basking sharks near Waterford in Ireland. This school included our tagged 8m male basking shark 'Flowrider' who we tagged in Manx Waters on August 7th 2015. We had been tracking him here for several days before this marvellous video came onto the internet. A BIG thank you to James as this has inspired us to get a drone for the Manx Basking Shark Scientific work. UNLESS someone out there in the Isle of Man is already ...

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Check out our Facebook page.

Check out our great Facebook page for all the latest basking shark news, videos and pictures. There's LOTS happening this week! https://www.facebook.com/ManxBaskingSharkWatch

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FLOWRIDER POPS INTO IRISH WATERS FOR A FEED!

Flowrider, a very large male basking shark we put a satellite tag onto in Manx waters last August 7th continues to delight the us by letting us know where he is. He went to Moroccan waters for the winter, dropped past the French coast and had a weeks feeding on the surface near La Rochelle, popped his head up near Brest, further up the French coast and now he has been feeding for 3 days off the Irish coast just offshore of Waterford. This gives us GREAT information about the annual migratory patterns of basking sharks. Let's hope we hear more from Flowrider and from the ...

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IS MANX BASKING SHARK ‘FLOWRIDER’ ON HIS WAY BACK FROM MOROCCO?

IS MANX BASKING SHARK 'FLOWRIDER' ON HIS WAY BACK FROM MOROCCO? Last August 7th 2013, as part of the Manx Lottery Trust funded project ‘There's a Basking Shark on my Phone', the Manx Basking Shark Watch team put a satellite tracking tag on a truly enormous 8m long male basking shark who we nicknamed 'FLOWRIDER'. His satellite tag, sponsored by Sealife Blackpool, has been messaging us about his far-flung travels. He was a beautifully calm shark, magnificent to watch as he slid past ‘Happy Jack’ the Manx Basking Shark Watch research boat. This was just as well as ...

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Update on Basking Shark Satellite Tagging

I am delighted to report that two of the basking sharks we put satellite tags on off the Manx coast last August have popped up in the last week. 'Flowrider' the large male shark who went all the way south to the Moroccan coast in January, has been off the French coast for a few days (see http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?project_id=1123) and Celtic Scuff is coming up in the Celtic Deep. He appears to have been around that area and edging into the Bristol Channel all winter.  

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‘Flowrider’ Migrates to Moroccan Coast

Exciting! See http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?tag_id=138610&full=1&lang=

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